Friday, January 24, 2014

42nd World Wide SketchCrawl

Pasco, WA public Library my most recent sketch

Last fall I finally got a chance to join a local sketching group that I had my eye on for a couple of years.  I found their blog on facebook and really wanted to just have the time to do some sketching and learn how.  These guys were so good!!! Urban Sketchers:Tri Cities

It turns out this is a craze going on around the planet.  Oh yeah how fun is that! Four times a year this group sketches all day around their city and posts their results along with cities like Paris, Tokyo, get the idea.  It is so fascinating to me to see local culture on the same day through the eyes of artists all over the world. Urban Sketchers

My very first day happened to be one of these WW SketchCrawls and our local group was joining up with a children's art school. So I grabbed Miss Eden and off we went.

Of coarse we grabbed our coffee's from The Local (Jenna & Michael's new coffee shop)
Sketchers spread out all over Leslie Grove Park

 Leslie Grove is a local park on the Columbia River...oh what a glorious fall day!

 The children all gathered when they were done and looked at each other's work.

The children were instructed to sketch the play structure...see the swirly slide on the right ;)  She did a good job on the tic tac toe board!
 It was so cute because after Eden did the playground she turned around and copied the scene I was doing.

Following are some of my recent sketches from around the Tri Cities, WA.
We tend to sketch inside during cold weather

Roaster's Coffee Shop

If you get a chance, check out this link to find the results of the 42nd World Wide SketchCrawl, or better yet join one! This link is for their blogsite, but the other one is worth getting into to see all the action.  Only a few folks have access to post on the blog. Urban Sketchers Blog

Following is their Mission Statement:
Urban Sketchers started online as a flickr group in 2007 and later became a nonprofit organization. Our mission as a nonprofit is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. We aim to show the world, one drawing at a time.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Art A Day Challenge and a Walk up Badger

It was a lovely day in the 50's.  So I grabbed Eden to go for a hike with me on Badger Mt.  On our way down she tells me " Nana my legs are walking by themselves."  Mind you she was dragging them all the way UP the mountain. 

 A mindless doodle done while watching Project Runway.  I have joined an ART A DAY blog to help me stay focused on doing some kind of art each day for the month of January. 

Exhausting day putting all the Christmas decoration away. My least favorite moment of Christmas ;(   At least it is all done and put away for next year! Now on to those New Year 2014 goals.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Glorious Chaos & a Happy New Year!

 My beautiful girls Christmas Eve @ Megs
Happy New Years to all !!!! I am presently comatose after 10 glorious days with ALL my family here. Everyone left this morning and as always there is physical relief and emotional grief. I am missing them all sooooo much already, but my body is on strike for at least today and will be in a mostly horizontal position. 
Meg and her girls
Grands preforming jingle bells at hyper speed
 Papa Danny and the rumble
 Michael and Jenna all dressed up
Christmas morning. 
With Meg's help I made linen covered photo journal books of their weddings. The newly weds loved them.

Glorious chaos! 

New Years Eve

I bearly got a decent photo.  I just kept shooting random candid shots as the days and events flew by.

So much fun and joy, bonding and laughter. All our usually family antic's with three fairly new additions with Olivia, Michael and baby Cora starting to understand our hoopla and joining in on all the lovely chaos. 

I have in my minds eye at least a week to focus on some quiet reflection and goal setting with God's direction for 2014. I know there are quite a few things brewing inside me...

For now I wanted to pass on this terrific gift from...Beth Moore!!!  FREE KINDLE BOOKS FROM BETH MOORE! I found them on for more info

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Project

 My good friend Alida came back from Italy boosting about the Limoncello from Positano.  Well it didn't take her long to make her own and share :)

We quickly discovered that served over ice with a fresh lemon wedge and even a mint leaf ratchets this delightful after dinner liquor up to a whole new level. 
Inspired I made my own batches and hand painted some tags with a little watercolor.
Now the only thing left is to decide who to gift them too =)

Monday, December 16, 2013

So Looooong Since I Blogged

It has been so long since I have blogged I hardly know how to do this.  Things have changed a bit.  I think I am done with my empty nester rush of babies, weddings, and businesses.  For a quick review:

Jenna ( my youngest) got engaged and married spring & summer 2012
Michael & Jenna bought a coffee shop The Local spring 2013. Jenna is graduating college winter 2013.

Meg ( my middle ) & Tyler had a 3rd baby girl spring 2012, started a yogurt shop, Finnegan Frost  fall 2013 Tyler launched his own branding business, both parents now work from home.  Meg's photography business continues to explode.

Josh my (oldest) & Olivia  got engaged spring 2012, got married summer 2013, Josh launched a greenhouse business Twin Ponds fall 2012 in Minnesota.

I started a non profit community art center The Blank Canvas spring 2012.

Following will be a bit of a photo journal of my last year...I do think all the hoopla maybe over.  I actually had a very quiet fall.  I was kind of in a coma =)

 First day of owning The Local.  Michaels' first customers =)
 Newly weds and new shop owners...very excited!
 The next week a complete remodel
With the help of family, friends and church the remodel was done in a week...there are no words for what that week was like =|
 Easter 2013
 Jenna turns 24

 Avey's 4th birthday

 a bit of 2013 garden

Family vacation 4th of July Cannon Beach OR
 Eden painting sunlight dancing on the water

 Meg doing a photo shoot at the beach of her girls

 4th of July parade 

 Seaside 4th fireworks...or as we call it "Bagdad" the whole beach for miles are lighting off fireworks  YIKES!
And the biggest part of our year...Josh & Olivia's wedding...over the top amazing!
 Dress rehearsal
 My family 
 The whole family!
 The wedding took place in Minnesota where Josh & Olivia now live on her parents farm in Stillwater.  It was a perfect setting for this wedding !

 Aunty Christina
 Before the dance we lit 50 lanterns...and watched them float over the lake into the night was spectacular!

 The girls down on the farm

 Baby Cora loves Pappa Danny
   Inside the newly restored barn...Olivia's grandmother's quilt in the background to represent her presence.

 Uncle Michael and baby Cora

 After tying the knot which they literally did at the end of their vows they took off in their canoe...too many pictures to show the whole story.  It was the most delightful wedding weekend of our lives.

one more event...if you are still with me lol

Thanksgiving in Montana with Uncle Pat & Aunt Chris

We are looking forward to having the whole gang with us for Christmas.  I couldn't be more blessed by all the good things God has done for us!!!
Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!
Hoping to check back in with you all 2014
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